Astronomy Look-alikes, No. 15

Since it is rumoured that the BBC  has decided to axe Top Gear, it’s fortunate that James May has an alternative career as Chief Executive of the Science and Technology Facilities Council. Still, all that experience of things crashing and burning  seems to have stood him in good stead..

Professor Keith Mason

James May

14 Responses to “Astronomy Look-alikes, No. 15”

  1. The BBC have axed Top Gear? You’re joking, right?

    I won’t say anything about Mason, I really won’t, I’m trying very hard not to say anything, but…

  2. telescoper Says:

    I’m not sure they’ve decided to axe it, but they were thinking about it. It is probably just wishful thinking on my part.

  3. Hmmm, I’d say more like Ray Winstone.

  4. we all know he’s really chas or dave

  5. Anyway, why would you wish a show that brings happiness to so many people to be axed? If you don’t like it don’t watch it (as I am sure you don’t). You sounded positively ‘daily mailian’ in that comment.

    • telescoper Says:

      I think it’s Daily Mail readers that watch it….

      I don’t like the programme because I fear it encourages certain drivers to speed, consistently mocks environmentalists, and panders to feeble-minded macho stereotypes. I’d like to see it axed so the BBC could spend my license fee making more programmes about Opera.

  6. Daily Mail readers liking something on the BBC? Surely that’s treasonous, the BBC is there to be attacked, not enjoyed!

    Why not scrap your TV, don’t pay a license fee and go to the opera some more – that way opera benefits from your money!

    • telescoper Says:

      I’ve been thinking of doing precisely that for some time. I hardly ever watch TV so I don’t know why I am paying the fee. For a change, I watched Horizon last night – didn’t exactly change my mind!

  7. Anton Garrett Says:

    “I don’t like the programme because I fear it encourages certain drivers to speed, consistently mocks environmentalists, and panders to feeble-minded macho stereotypes.”

    That’s precisely what makes it great entertainment. You don’t have to *agree* with it, and it’s a refreshing change after some of the PC attitudes knocking around the Beeb.

    Speed limits need finer management. Some should be lowered, some should be raised.

    Anton

    PS Re BBC programmes – I gather that Phil Archer gets it tomorrow…

  8. I’m vaguely amazed that there was a post about KOM (sort of) and I have not been rude and angry about him. Must be a record for me. You distracted me with Top Gear. Bravo.

  9. Luckily, I’m an astronomer who doesn’t resemble anybody.

  10. telescoper Says:

    Everyone looks like somebody. Your turn will come.

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